Tennis

Smooth-serving Auger-Aliassime downs Frenchman Halys in 1st round at Marseille

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced to the second round of the Open 13 Provence tennis tournament with a 6-2, 7-5 win over French wild-card Quentin Halys on Wednesday in Marseille, France.

Canadian fires 8 aces in straight-sets win, will face China's Zhang Zhizhen in Round 2

Canadian men's tennis player follows threw on a serve at the ASB Classic on Jan. 10, 2024 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal won 80 per cent of his service points, including an impressive 93 per cent (27 of 29) on first serve, in Wednesday's opening-round, straight-sets victory over French wild-card Quentin Halys in Marseille, France. (Phil Walter/Getty Images/File)

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced to the second round of the Open 13 Provence tennis tournament with a 6-2, 7-5 win over French wild-card Quentin Halys on Wednesday in Marseille, France.

Montreal's Auger-Aliassime, seeded seventh in Marseille, excelled on serve. He won 80 per cent of his service points, including an impressive 93 per cent (27 of 29) on first serve.

"I think I started the perfect way, hitting my targets and being aggressive, keeping him on defence and without much time," Auger-Aliassime said. "So it was the perfect start and then he was serving too good in the second set until I got lucky with a double fault.

"I was trying to put pressure on him whenever I had a second serve [to return]. I think I played a very complete match."

Halys fired 10 aces in the match, compared to eight for Auger-Aliassime. But while the Frenchman showed he could match the Canadian's power, he was a distant second in accuracy converting just 56 per cent of service points.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime breezes into the Round of 16 in Marseille

2 months ago
Duration 2:54
Number seven seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal made short work of local favourite Quentin Halys, 6-2, 7-5, to advance at the Open 13 in Marseille, France.

Auger-Aliassime saved the only break point he faced while converting three of five break points against Halys.

The world No. 28, a two-time finalist in Marseille, improved his career record at the tournament to 8-3.

"I love playing well here. I have great memories," Auger-Aliassime said. "Twice a finalist, so obviously I've won some matches here but didn't go all the way to the end. Let's see if I can be part of another final here, but the week is so young and there is still a lot of tennis to play."

Auger-Aliassime, who is coming off a run to the semifinals last week in Montpellier, France, will face world No. 50 Zhang Zhizhen of China in the second round.

WATCH | Auger-Aliassime reaches semifinals at recent tourney in :

Felix Auger-Aliassime advances to Open Sud de France semifinals

2 months ago
Duration 2:37
Number three seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal downed wild-card Harold Mayot of France 7-5, 6-1, to reach the semifinals of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.

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